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Sunday 21 January 2018

No third party in death of Kate

Kate Fitzgerald with her parents Tom and Sally.
Kate Fitzgerald with her parents Tom and Sally.
Kate Fitzgerald, who took her own life in August this year.
Nicola Anderson

Nicola Anderson

THE State Pathologist Professor Marie Cassidy has ruled out any third party involvement in the death of PR executive, Kate Fitzgerald.

Ms Fitzgerald, who worked for the Communications Clinic, was found dead by friends at her rented home at Harty Place off Clanbrassil street in Dublin 8 on August 23 2011.

Her family had previously expressed concerns over the garda investigation into her death and feared that someone else may have been involved.

Earlier, a former garda, who has since left the force, admitted to the inquest at the Dublin City Coroner's Court that he had little experience of crime scene investigation, having only recently been qualified, when he was dispatched to Ms Fitzgerald's house after emergency services were informed.

David Healy, who was attached to Kevin Street garda station at the time, said it was the first time he had ever investigated a case of this nature.

However he believed he had carried out his duties regarding attendance at a sudden death scene as he had been trained.

Mr Healy said he had been admitted to the house by Brendan Bruen and Clare Brady, two friends of Ms Fitzgerald.

He found the body lying on the bed.

He had contacted the garda doctor and the undertakers to have the body removed to the city morgue and had sealed off the scene.

He did not believe there was "anything untoward" about the death, he told the inquest.

A post mortem examination was carried out by pathologist Dr Muna Sabah of James Connolly Memorial Hospital.

She said there was no sign of any scratches or bruising to indicate third party involvement.

Her findings were backed by the State Pathologist who said there were no signs of anyone else being involved in the death.

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